Reducing the Impacts of Climate Change
Adaptation strategies at the community level are designed to be locally appropriate, and are developed in close collaboration with the communities themselves. These include actions such as providing advice and education to farmers on crop diversification, and choice of agricultural practices under changing climatic conditions. As well as technical and financial support in the development of irrigation and drinking water reservoirs.
Thorthormi Lake: A success story
Water resource management
Under WWF's guidance and support water smart communities have been constructing conservation ponds, irrigation ponds, and drinking water reservoirs that collect rainwater in the wet season to be used in the dry season.
Combined with informal education on using scarce water wisely, and sustainable alternatives, farmers have been able to adapt their choice of crop to the changing climate, and generate more income from higher-value alternatives. Pressure is also reduced on the natural water resources and biodiversity that rely on it. The idea of Water Smart Communities has already directly benefited 100's of households across Nepal.